L.A. County Sheriff Deputy Daryll Harkless visited Davis Middle School this week in an effort to introduce the students to career choices, leadership skills, refocusing attention on education and maintaining a positive school behavior.
CUSD's Special Education Transition Department hosted a program involving about 40 students ranging from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade who participated in a Q&A discussion about leadership and success with Sheriff Deputy Harkless.
Sheriff Deputy Harkless who was born and raised in Compton said, "The only person who can limit what you do and what you achieve is you." A 13-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, he explained how adversity is all around you, but being a self-motivator plays important factor as well as the people around you. "If your friends are not helping you to do better, then they are not your friends," as Deputy Harkless explained about the importance of believing in yourself, your dreams and having friends that encourage you to do better.
"Anytime I get to interact with the future - and that's what these kids are, they are the future of Compton, the future of entry business, it's a blessing to me, because I was once in their seats. I loved when people took the time to come talk to me and let me know what they were doing," when asked what he thought of the importance of coming out to Davis Middle School and engaging with the students.
If you had to give these kids some advice what would that advice be? Sheriff Deputy Harkless replied, "Set realistic goals and achieve those goals. When you become successful, come back and give back."